I don’t know what it is when I read these words but I struggle to believe that they are for me, I struggle to think of myself as having an anointing. I think others do, but not me. Where does that come from? Is it the typical British self abasement passed down from one generation to the next or is it my own home grown variety, cultivated from my own experiences of life? I imagine that is a mixture of the two, a bit of nature and nurture. However it has grown, I don’t want the weed in my garden. This word is a beautiful seed, but it is overcome by the lies, the weeds that choke it of light and nutrients. It doesn’t even get a chance to take root. As I am writing I’m thinking, Lord, what is the root? What is the belief that I hold onto that displaces this truth from bearing fruit in me? I hope it will come like a flash of inspiration but nothing is coming yet. I read the words again and again, practicing my meditation (biblical of course!) on the verse, mulling it over, whispering it to my soul – you … Read More »
Paul is a man devoted to prayer, his encouragement to the Ephesians is to pray in the Spirit on all occasions, to the Colossians to be devoted to prayer, to the Thessalonians to pray continually, to the Philippians to consider everything in prayer, to the Romans to be constant in prayer, to the Corinthians that our prayers make a difference. To Timothy he reminds of his example of day and night prayer and to Titus and Philemon he prays a blessing. You are unable to escape the pervading prayer that Paul advocates and demonstrates. Yet it seems to be relegated to a back room, something for the women or the old and the infirm. We do it if we have to. I cannot help but think we have missed something, we have emphasised the resting in grace at the expense of seeking his face in prayer, they are not mutually exclusive.
It is like a whisper has spread, an insidious lie, that we don’t need to pray, that it is no longer necessary. And the perpetrator is laughing, because he knows if he can stop us praying, he has won a victory and a generation.
My prayer is that I wake … Read More »